U.S. News | Disney Sues Mouseprint Media for Trademark Infringement

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Disney has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against a U.S. based online retailer, Mouseprint Media alleging trademarks and copyright infringement.

Disney alleges that Mouseprint Media manufactures and sells unauthorized goods through a number of online websites, online platforms and social media websites having Mickey Mouse creator’s trademarks without permission.

Disney reportedly said that the defendant goods infringes on its design including the Mouseprint’s ‘DisGear’ device which looks exactly as Disney’s famous Mickey Mouse silhouette trademarks.

In February, Mouseprint Media filed a trademark application to register its ‘DisGear’ device according to the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System.

Disney reportedly said that the Mouseprint was contacted repeatedly on March 20 and October 7 last year, seeking Mouseprint stop infringing its design and withdraw its trademark application but the defendant refused to oblige.

Disney reportedly said that Mouseprint’s trademark application was abandoned on November 15 after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused registration because it was too similar to one of Disney’s existing trademarks.

Disney alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion and unfair competition.

Disney seeks jury, permanent injunction and payment for damages.

The case is ongoing.

Disney Enterprises, Inc. et al v. Mouseprint Media, LLC et al

Judge:Roy B Dalton, Jr
Court:Florida Middle District Court
Case #:6:19-cv-02318
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed:December 09, 2019
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